COVID-19 concern results in visitation restrictions at New Castle, other prisons

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While there are presently no known cases of COVID-19 among staff or offenders housed at Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) facilities, visitation to certain prison facilities has been suspended indefinitely.

The decision to suspend visitation is precautionary in nature and was made in the interest of the health and safety of IDOC staff and offenders at the following facilities:

Heritage Trail Correctional Facility – Hendricks County
Indiana State Prison – LaPorte County
Indiana Women’s Prison – Marion County
LaPorte Juvenile Correctional Facility – LaPorte County
New Castle Correctional Facility – Henry County
Plainfield Correctional Facility – Hendricks County
Reception Diagnostic Center – Hendricks County
Westville Correctional Facility – LaPorte County

The above facilities were identified for temporary suspension of visitations due to being near an urban area or location where a member of the public was identified as being infected by COVID-19.

IDOC Commissioner Rob Carter commented, “I know how important visitations are to offenders and to their family and friends, but the overriding concern is to limit the opportunity of COVID-19 being introduced into our facilities.”

Carter continued, “I’ve directed my staff to assess the need for continued visitation restrictions on a daily basis, and when responsible to do so, restrictions will be lifted, or if necessary, expanded to other facilities to protect staff and offenders.”

While in-person visitations have been suspended, approved friends and family members can still visit remotely by video. Video visits must be scheduled in advance and are limited to 20 minutes.

Prior to visiting an IDOC facility, friends and family members should visit the Indiana Department of Correction website and search the ‘Find A Facility’ to locate specific prison facilities.

Once on the facility website, click the ‘Visitation’ tab for current visitation information and see if visitor restrictions are in place.